They drove almost five hours to get here. Pastor Kevin Carter and his wife, Diane, drove a truckload of supplies from their church in Canton, Mississippi to our church in Lake Charles. Now just to be clear. They have no connections to our church or to our community. They did this all on their own. They did this to share God’s love and goodness with a hurting community. This is the second time for them to make this journey to bring supplies to our community.
After the supplies were unloaded, I had a wonderful visit with Pastor Kevin and Diane in my office. We shared with each other and laughed together . . . and prayed together. You know, we sometimes wonder if we make any difference in this world. Well, Pastor Kevin and Diane sure made a difference in my world that afternoon. After our visit, I felt affirmed and encouraged, something I really needed at that moment.
These are challenging days for us. Days where we might feel discouraged or tired or frustrated. It just makes a big difference to know that someone cares and we are not in this alone.
Pastor Kevin and Diane delivered cases of water to us. But they did a lot more than that. They delivered kindness. They delivered friendship. And they also delivered a message of hope from the One who said, “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)